10th March 2016
To commemorate the Eastern Africa Standby Force Day , Seychelles organised a special event on Friday 11th March at the ICCS.
The event was attended by past participants of EASF training courses which includes military personnel, police officers and civilians. Members of the CEPS also attended as the platform is one of the stakeholders promoting the organisations programme in the country.
Following the welcoming Remarks from the Director of EASF in Seychelles Colonel Georges Adeline, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Joel Morgan made his opening remarks outlining the relationship that exist between the Seychelles and the EASF.
Following the minister’s speach, members in attendance engaged in a very active discussion.
The designated speaker took the floor after the break, to speak on three different topics related to the EASF.
The first speaker was Lt Col Gudur who gave Firsthand experience in peacekeeping in Eastern Africa.
The second speaker was the Chairmen of CEPS, Mr Jules Hoareau who spoke of the “Roles of Civilians in Peace Keeping
The last and final speaker – Mr Benediste Hoareau. He spoke of the “Effect of conflict in the Eastern Africa Region”.
The second speaker
The three speakers then came together as a panel to answer questions of those present.
The Eastern Africa Standby Force is a regional organization whose mandate is to enhance peace and security in the Eastern Africa region. It is one of the five regional multidimensional Forces of the African Standby Force (ASF) consisting of Military, Police and Civilian components. EASF was established as a regional mechanism to provide capability for rapid deployment of forces to carry out preventive deployment, rapid intervention, peace support/stability operations and peace enforcement.